This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with award-winning journalist Howard Stutz, executive editor of CDC Gaming Reports, a leading gaming industry news resource. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Stutz talks about why gaming competition from other cities became marketing tools for Las Vegas instead of a threat; how corporate casino ownership brought capital into Las Vegas; why Las Vegas isn’t about gambling anymore, but about experiences; what was the smartest thing Las Vegas did; the impact of millennials and cracking the code for reaching them; who he considers the top gaming figures; and the impact of sports betting.
Stutz has spent more than three decades in Las Vegas as an award-winning journalist and communications professional. He covered the gaming industry from a local, statewide, national and international perspective during two stints with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, from 1987 to 1991 and from 2004 to 2016.
Stutz also worked in the gaming industry as a corporate communications and public relations representative for publicly traded companies. That experience gave Howard a knowledge of gaming’s history and a unique insight and perspective into the industry’s growth.
He was part of the Review-Journal team that won several ethics awards in 2015, including the James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern University. Stutz won the Peter Mead Memorial Award for Excellence in Gaming Media & Communications from the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers in 2016.